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The student who was suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school says his family was forced to leave the US

Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed fled to the United States from Sudan's religious persecution.<p>Now, as reported by the <i>LA Times</i>, he and his family fleed to Qatar from the U.S. because of racial and religious persecution.<p>"For the safety of my family, I have to go back to Qatar, because right now it's not very …

‘No kid deserves that’: Police say barefoot child was forced outside on 110-degree day as punishment

On July 12, the high in Phoenix was 110 degrees, according to Weather Underground.<p>That’s not quite hot enough to effectively fry an egg on the street, according to The Washington Post, but it is hot enough to severely burn the bottom of someone’s feet.<p>Police said that’s exactly what happened when …

Mississippi town's schools finally ordered to desegregate

More than six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" has no place in the nation's public school system, a federal court has ordered the schools in a small Mississippi town to finally integrate.<p>Cleveland, a city halfway between Memphis and New Orleans in the Mississippi …

Zimmerman's Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin 'Temporarily' Pulled From Auction

An auction listing for the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has been removed online after a slew of apparently bogus bids.<p>It's the second time the listing has been taken down. This time, it was following questionable offers from bidders — such as one who went by the …

Town in shock over news that Texas fertilizer-plant explosion was deliberate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rumors started swirling on Tuesday that the news was coming.<p>Residents of West, Texas, hoped they would finally learn what happened the night of April 17, 2013, when a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled their town. The blast devastated the small town about 70 miles south of …

Stopping Zika: The GMO mosquito that kills his own offspring

<b>(CNN) —</b> OX513A may soon be a household name in the fight against Zika in Florida.<p>No, he's not a new member of the Star Wars cast. OX513A is a male Aedes aegypti mosquito, genetically engineered to pass along a lethal gene to wild females that makes the females' offspring die. He's the product of …

Public Health

Ex-judge says without state money Detroit schools will close | Reuters

(Reuters) - Steven Rhodes, a former federal bankruptcy judge who is now running the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), said on Friday he is prepared to close the debt-laden district next month if the Michigan Legislature fails to throw it a financial lifeline.<p>Rhodes was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder …

Several states are trying to outlaw a taboo marriage practice

That is expected to change this week, however, after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs reform legislation. If he signs the bill passed Tuesday, the Virginia law may be the first domino in a chain of legislatures around the nation.<p>Similar bills are in the works in New York (A. 8563), Maryland (H.B. 911), …

City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.<p>In a …

EPA

Millions of youth's in Africa's Sahel could be recruited by terrorist groups, UN envoy warns

41 million young people in the Sahel 'face hopelessness' and region will become recruiting hub for terrorist organisations<p>Up to 41 million young people in the Sahel have bleak futures, pushing them to migrate and making them susceptible to radicalisation, a UN envoy to the African region said on …

2 killed, 8 held after France raid, but suspected ringleader's status unknown

<b>Paris, France (CNN) —</b> French authorities took the offensive Wednesday, raiding a purported hideout of the suspected ringleader in last week's deadly Paris attacks in an operation that ended with eight detained, two dead and potentially more bloodshed thwarted.<p>But what about that suspected …

Man charged in online death threats at University of Missouri

A white college student suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri was charged Wednesday with making a terrorist threat, adding to the racial tension at the heart of the protests that led two top administrators to resign earlier this …

College & University

Experts discuss how to handle defiant high school students

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — How should adults respond when a teenager defies her teacher?<p>Disturbing videos showing a school resource officer flipping a …

1 in 14 U.S. Children Has Had a Parent in Prison, Says New Study

One in 14 American children has a parent who has spent time in jail or is currently behind bars, according to a report released on Tuesday by Child …

Research

2 men who beat gay couple banned from downtown Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men accused of beating a gay couple in a case helped solved by social media sleuths will avoid prison time under a plea …

Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

<b>Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN) —</b> When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.<p>Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand …

Social Media

Indonesian politician bans dating after dark

Young couples barred from seeing each other after 9pm at night and could be forced to marry if they flout the new rules<p>The path of young love has never been an easy one. But dating just became much more challenging for Indonesian teenagers in West Java.<p>Young couples have been banned from seeing …

Texas man killed with his arms raised may have been holding knife, video shows | Fox News

A second video has emerged of the confrontation between deputies and a Texas man who had his hands raised before he was shot and killed. In it, it appears he is carrying what investigators believe was a knife.<p>Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said at a news conference Wednesday that the video …

Why does it hurt so much to hit your funny bone?

There’s no pain quite like the one you experience when you hit your funny bone. But what is going on to create such an odd feeling?<p>Everybody knows that smacking your funny bone isn’t all that funny, but did you know that the prickling feeling you feel from smacking it isn’t from your bones at all? …

General Hospital

Radar detects object believed to be missing Nazi gold train

A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.<p>Local lore says a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of …

Fund That Covers 9/11 Survivors Like 'Dust Lady' Is Due to Expire

The stomach cancer that killed 9/11 survivor Marcy Borders is one of dozens of illnesses covered by a federal fund for survivors of the attack and disaster that followed.<p>But the fund runs out of money next year and one of the doctors who fought to get it established says he’s worried.<p>Borders, 42, …

New Yorker pretends to be doctor for 3 years, officials say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Lee-Edwards was arrested this week and accused of impersonating a clinical psychologist and medical doctor for three years and potentially providing mental health services to over 100 patients, said the Richmond County District Attorney's office.<p>He is "a dangerous scam artist who …

Spanish woman fined for posting picture of police parked in disabled bay

Unnamed woman from Alicante ordered to pay €800 under controversial gagging law for posting photo on her Facebook page<p>A Spanish woman has been fined €800 (£570) under the country’s controversial new gagging law for posting a photograph of a police car parked illegally in a disabled bay.<p>The unnamed …

Disability

Rio's Olympic waters won't be tested for viruses despite pollution problems

The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top …

World's biggest human rights group wants to legalize prostitution

LONDON — The world’s biggest human rights organization voted Tuesday to support the decriminalization of prostitution worldwide.<p>Amnesty International now joins the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, the World Health Organization and other global groups that argue the best way to protect the safety …

Human Rights

Girl, 11, gives birth in Paraguay

An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion after being raped gave birth Thursday, the culmination of a case that put a spotlight on child rape in this poor South American nation and drew criticism from human rights groups.<p>Elizabeth Torales, a lawyer for the girl's mother, told The Associated …